Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.According to wikipedia, this religious edict has absolutely no basis in the Koran or hadith, although it has found its way into dhimmi dress codes through the centuries.
"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."
Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."
The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.
Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.
"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," said Rabbi Hier. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."
Bernie Farber, the chief executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said he was "stunned" by the measure. "We thought this had gone the way of the dodo bird, but clearly in Iran everything old and bad is new again," he said. "It's state-sponsored religious discrimination."
Ali Behroozian, an Iranian exile living in Toronto, said the law could come into force as early as next year.
It would make religious minorities immediately identifiable and allow Muslims to avoid contact with non-Muslims.
For those who don't know their 20th Century European history, Hitler enacted a series of laws that required Jews to wear special identifying marks - yellow stars. Other minority groups, including gypsies and homosexuals were also forced to wear identifying marks. Those marks often lead to concentration camps or the death camps, where millions perished in the systematic and pervasive genocide of entire racial and ethnic groups, with at least 6 million Jews murdered and countless tens of thousands of gypsies and homosexuals murdered.
Iran may use the oil weapon - withholding its oil from world markets, despite the fact that it would hurt the Iranian economy far more than it would countries like the US. Ahmadinejad simply doesn't care what his actions would do to the average Iranian citizen. He's got his delusions of grandeur and apocalpytic visions to secure.
This comes on the heels that we now know that China provided UH6 gas to help the Iranian scientists overcome problems with their UH6 gas production and enrichment process.
Gay Patriot gets an email noting that Iran is going after gay and bisexual men under the claims that they're engaging in rape or kidnapping charges. Again, shades of Hitler's Nazi Germany. When will the so-called human rights groups wake up to the horror show that is militant Islamic fundamentalism and totalitarian regimes?
Others blogging Ahmadinejad's pulling pages from the Nazi playbook: Michelle Malkin, Stop the ACLU, Hot Air, The Jawa Report, QandO, memeorandum.
There are some questions over the veracity of this story. As more information becomes available, I'll post it. However, this story does tend to fit Ahmadinejad's modus operandi - overt threats towards Israel and Iran's neighbors, sabre rattling, and a da'wa to President Bush telling him to submit to Islam and this conflict could go away.
Amir Taheri has more on Ahmadinejad's clothing color codes, and background on his decision to push this through.
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